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Jewelry - Libyan Desert Glass And Silver-filled Wire
This beautiful, handcrafted pendant features a rare and authentic nugget of Libyan desert glass, lovingly wrapped in rich coils and spirals of tarnish-resistant 0.925 Sterling silver-filled wire. The stone itself, is just over 86 carats and measures 36x25x20mm (at it's widest; this stone was not cut, so as to retain all it's natural features and properties). The entire pendant is 65x46x23mm. Since the natural shape of the stone is irregular, it was set so that the broadest side faced outwards and the waviest surface textures were readily visible.
The origins of Libyan desert glass remains hotly debated by the scientific community. However, the most predominant theory proposes a meteoritic origins (making this a tektite, or meteorite impactite). In other words, this glass was formed by the impact of a comet or meteorite. The heat from such an event would have flash-molten the desert sands,vaporizing quartz (the major constituent of sand) and meteoritic metals. Note the presence of tiny air bubble inclusions suspended within the stone, and wavy surface textures which are the result of rapid cooling. Libyan desert glass is similar in makeup and composition to trinitite, a glassy substance formed by the detonation of the plutonium-based nuclear bomb (Trinity) test on the desert floor in New Mexico. Libyan desert glass has been dated to an age of approximately 26 million years.
A black leather cord or silver-plated chain (your choice) is provided as a courtesy, for no additional charge.
November 29th, 2011
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